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Roof stand-off leaves residents trapped in flats

Family coax down suspected moped thief who fled to top of four-storey block

22 December, 2017 — By Emily Finch

‘It was very scary’: Police wait as the man perches on the roof of the block

A SUSPECTED moped thief who fled to the roof of a four-storey block had to be coaxed down by his family.

Dozens of residents of Pollard House, off Pentonville Road, were subjected to a terrifying three-hour ordeal last Thursday as the man climbed onto the roof after entering the block through a malfunctioning security door.

One resident of the Peabody Trust block said she felt “terrified” when she looked outside her window to see a line of police officers staring back at her, with the man directly above her on the roof.

“It was very scary,” she said. “The policeman shouted aggressively at me when I opened my window, to get back inside and keep my windows shut.

“It had a major impact and was very frightening for all residents here as no one could leave or come back in from work. My neighbour, who suffers from leukaemia, could not even be escorted in.

“I wanted to go out and couldn’t and so was stuck under the noise – it was a siege.”

The man lobbed items from the roof which officers were picking up and bagging as evidence.

According to the resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, members of the man’s family gathered in the block’s courtyard to persuade him to come down.

The man, who was dressed in a dark hoodie and in his 20s, was eventually persuaded to make his way safely off the roof after he was promised 15 minutes with his family.

“I could see him with his handcuffs on and hear them hugging and sobbing,” the resident said. “They [the police] must have got in touch with his family because he had threatened to jump off the roof when he realised he couldn’t go any further.”

The estate resident said she had previously complained to the Peabody Trust about the faulty lock which the man had bypassed to gain access to the roof.

• Two men, both of no fixed address, have been charged with seven counts of theft, four counts of robbery and aggravated taking and driving away. One was charged with driving while disqualified. Both were remanded in custody to appear at Blackfriars Crown Court on January 12.

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